After arresting Gagan, 30, South district police are at pains to explain how he could mislead them for more than one-and-a-half months, according to sources who knew Shahnaz. Her relatives are upset with way in which the police investigated the case, specifically the time it took them to find out Gagan was in Samalkha the day she disappeared, added the sources.
The case was cracked after the special task force (STF) of South district was asked to look into the matter Saturday evening, said sources. The STF questioned Gagan after confronting him with crucial technical evidence, especially the details of his phone’s location in Samalkha on September 24-25, added the sources.
Shahnaz’s acquaintances are puzzled why the local police could not do what the STF did to know Gagan’s phone location on September 24.
“When Gagan was questioned a few days after Shahnaz disappeared, he pretended to be assisting in the probe and was let off,” said sources familiar with the investigation in the case.
At a time when Gagan was being “unofficially” questioned in Chanakyapuri by Crime Branch officials looking to help achieve a breakthrough, South district police called him over, added the sources. The Crime Branch had to let him go, said the sources.
“In her complaint to the police, Shahnaz’s mother, Shokhista Shukurova, claimed her daughter was receiving threatening phone calls. She gave the phone numbers of some possible suspects,” said police sources.